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Monday brings slight relief from gas prices, but an uptick could be ahead

State gas prices dropped slightly over the week, but they may go up again in the coming days. Pictured is a man pumping gas in 2016 in St. Petersburg. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2016)]
Published Apr. 8

Gas prices finally broke over the past week, providing some relief from the high spring price tags.

State prices dropped four cents to $2.71 per gallon Monday, while Tampa Bay prices sunk 6 cents to $2.68 a gallon, according to AAA, the Auto Club Group. Nationally, gas was $2.74 a gallon Monday.

"Florida drivers got a break from rising gas prices last week, but there could be a small uptick in the coming days," Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman, said. "Rising demand and refinery issues are keeping upward pressure on gas prices. It could be another couple of weeks before refineries return to full strength and pump prices level out."

According to Jenkins, state gas prices could rise to around $2.75 per gallon this week because of wholesale gas prices.

Contact Malena Carollo at mcarollo@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo.

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